Par Keith Muirhead (papa d'un élève de l'école- 2018)
"Good evening, please find attached my observation notes from this morning.
The children seemed very comfortable in their surroundings and with their activities. The positive attitude of the whole class along with the teachers enthusiasm made it a fun and interesting ‘work place’. Very impressive collaboration from all actors made the room somehow, tick like clockwork.
1. School starts at 09.00
It was very surprising to see the amount of children, sitting concentrated, in front of an activity and actively working by 09.05. The arrivals after this time entered quickly quietly and were very soon concentrating on a task.
2. Assignment change.
Once a task was achieved, the child was asked if they would like to repeat or tidy away and move on to another activity. If, through various distractions, the activity was not being worked on the child was moved to try something different.
3. Workspace awareness.
Every child somehow had a radar for every floor mat that was positioned between the tables, even the youngest. Without looking, carrying objects, and even walking backwards.
When children joined others already working on an activity, they were mostly invited to help but the ownership belonged to the child that had started the activity, for example making sure they also understood the action if helped by another child, and made to repeat when needed.
4. Positive reinforcement.
This was standard practice from both teachers and children during the morning.
5. The teachers presence.
All children starting an activity had some interaction with a teacher. Either to confirm that they are comfortable to start as they already know the activity or helping them to set up or start it. There was a constant follow up, either from the child or the teacher.
The older children integrated the smaller children very well into their work, and were very patient.
The middle class were also responsable for helping with the material of the smaller children.
What might appear to be utter chaos, looking in from the window of the playground, is actually a room full of very attentive, enthusiastic and happy children learning through play and collaboration.
Very interesting morning, thank you again for this opportunity.